Viasat and Expedition Communications are delivering satellite-based high-speed broadband to residents and businesses in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Those markets should be good for business. Although the US Virgin Islands have almost completely recovered from Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico's infrastructure remains fractured. Both areas consist of multiple islands -- an expensive geographic challenge for incumbent operators such as the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN), Viya, Puerto Rico's Optico Fiber or Liberty. With broadband delivered via satellite, a service also available from Hughes, service providers can reach rural residents or coastal businesses.
Expedition, a Veteran-Owned Small Business (VSOB), sells, installs, maintains and delivers customer support for Viasat's satellite Internet service across the islands. Viasat provides Internet coverage to the area with its ViaSat-2 satellite high-capacity communications satellite, which delivers download speeds of 25 Mbps across all Puerto Rico and USVI, according to Viasat. Two plans are available: One unlimited, one metered.
Fiber-based offerings already serve many of the businesses in the area, given MSO and telco reach in Puerto Rican and USVI cities, but Viasat expects many clients to purchase Expedition Communications' offerings as insurance, said Cody Catalena, vice president and general manager, Global Business Solutions at Viasat, in the press release.
"We can provide businesses on both islands an opportunity to take advantage of the benefits of satellite Internet -- with speeds, reliability and affordability that keep a business running -- continuously, even when other communication services are down," Catalena said.
In 2017, Google's Project Loon was one of several providers that helped local providers restore connectivity to both regions, post-hurricane Maria.
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